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Zach Weinersmith, creator of popular comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, has a degree in Literature and 3/8ths of a degree in physics. He enjoys reading about math, logic, science, history, fiction, and philosophy. His hobbies are space travel, dinosaur riding, and wishful thinking.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Breadpig (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982853726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982853726
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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I'm a huge fan of Zach Weinersmith's webcomic, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. I was also in love with Choose Your Own Adventure books when I was a kid, and then the CYOA-style RPG series Lone Wolf. Flight from the Dark (Lone Wolf, Book 1)

So, when I saw the Kickstarter project for this book, I peed a little. I was pretty damn excited.

Alas, once I'd gotten it and started reading through it, I was extraordinarily disappointed. The humor wasn't of the same quality as SMBC -- it was crude and focused on sex and potty humor. It wasn't the clever, intelligent humor I'd come to expect from Weinersmith. What's more, the protagonist is a complete idiot (purposefully so), and it's no fun at all taking on the role of an idiot.

Then there's the randomness of it all. Everything is entirely luck-based, which isn't really 100% in the spirit of books like this. Sure, there should be some luck involved to keep you on your toes and surprise you, but in this book it felt like it didn't actually matter which decisions you made, because you're as likely to die making one decision as the other. Also, the book was severely unbalanced. I played through multiple times and never once could potentially lose a battle of wits in the game (no matter which class I chose).

I really, really wanted to like this book, but I cannot in good faith recommend it to anyone. I'll readily recommend Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal and the Lone Wolf Books (which are hard to come by, now), but not this.
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By DevGal89 on October 11, 2012
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I backed this project on Kickstarter and just got my copy in the mail a few days ago. I'm hooked by Zach's excellent wit and humor in the scenes of this book. The book reminds of choosable pathway books I read as a kid, only with a Douglas Adams-esque style of sci-fi comedy and additional gameplay elements such as fighting and items. I read it at lunch at work, and I get strange looks as i chuckle to myself and then scrawl on a pad and paper to keep track of my items, charisma, and health. I think I keep making stupid decisions, because I've died twice now, so I still am in Act 2 of the book. Can't wait to see what else it holds.
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I bought this book after playing my way through the Choice of Games site, and I was initially excited to get something that purported to offer an interactive gameplay experience. After doing a playthrough, though, I have to say that while the book does indeed offer "statistics, items, and battles", these mechanics are overwhelmed by the fact that the character you are playing as is a d***head in a sea of d***heads. And the epithet is apt because, hey, sex jokes are what this book seems to be built on. From living "inside porn", dying in an orgy, meeting people who want to capture your companions for their genitals, meeting two factions that seem to be differentiated solely by the fact that one has sex and the other doesn't, bemoaning the fact that your genitals don't grow when you drink an enlarging potion, having a burn on your face in the shape of a d***, etc...I mean, yes, there's humor to be found in sex, but this book goes back to the same punchline over and over again. Aside from that, the main character is mindnumbingly stupid. It took me way longer than it should have to complete a playthrough because I kept putting the book down and going, "Oh god, why are you such a MORON?" By the end of it, I don't think there was a single character I liked, least of all the main character.

Some good stuff: It's clear from the way the book is set up that the mechanics took a lot of time to figure out, and props to Mr. Weinersmith, they're not bad. There are four stats to keep check of: HP, charisma, fighting, and wits. You do get a degree of customization (you can choose whether to be a fighter, engineer, or medic, although your education on all three paths seems to be rather dismal) that affects your choices. You can, as advertised, pick up items that may or may not affect your path.
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This book is the type of book you remember reading as a kid; you know the one. The one where you got to choose what happened to the character as you went along? But also the type that was clever and smart and so funny you laughed until you cried? The one that made sly references to all the things that you loved and that made you dream of weird, hilarious worlds that you'd never have thought of otherwise? With surprises and dangers and treasures around every corner?

Yeah, this book is that type of book. But it's that book, raised to the tenth power, with a knowing wink. This book has /mechanics/. It has items for you to collect and stats for you to improve. You can /win/ this book. How many books have that?!

Seriously. You want this book. And look at that price! You can't beat that price. Go ahead, throw it in with your order of baseball bats and sofa cushions and whatever else you came on here to buy. You won't be disappointed.
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Trial of the Clone seems interesting at first, but it becomes rather tiresome very quickly. There is very little logic to any of the choices you make, sure, there are parts of the book where you can fail and die or get set back; but, even as you come to a problem and try to reason your way through and try to make a logical choice you will be thrown a series of consequences that make no sense. There is a lack of rules within the universe presented, one minute you can get in trouble for murder, but in the next you can kill someone with ease in the same manner with no repercussions. I found myself not caring and only making choices just see where the story would go, and the story itself keeps you so in the dark, that I quickly got bored of even trying to figure that out. I don't recommend this to anyone, it's a great concept that fell flat on its face.
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